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03-01-2012, 01:22 AM #1
Asia Cup: Rift with Dhoni cost Sehwag hard?He hit a world record in his last ODI by scoring a humongous 219.
But with him not being able to swing his bat in an arc, he has now reasons to worry and a lot of them.
Sehwag, who has been a part of the Indian squad for the ongoing Tri-series in Australia, has failed to impress so far. He has been dropped, or probably 'rested', from the Asia Cup squad, to make a way for someone like Rohit Sharma or an extra spinner.
Is it because of Dhoni-Sehwag rift?
Speculation is rife that Sehwag has been shunted due to his alleged rift with Captain Dhoni. The reported rift reached its boiling point during the team selection meeting prior to the India-Sri Lanka match.
Reports said both Sehwag and Dhoni had come up with a different list of 'playing eleven' for the match.
Report said that both the players provided their playing eleven before the start of the match on Tuesday. While Dhoni wanted Rohit Sharma to play against Sri Lanka, stand-in skipper Sehwag was keen to play with three senior players.
After crushing defeat to Sri Lanka, Sehwag took a jibe at Dhoni for suggesting that senior batsmen were being rotated because they were slow movers on the field.
Was Sehwag's performance worse than that of Ravinder Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar?
Questions were being raised about retaining Sachin Tendulkar and Ravinder Jadeja in the side because of their poor show in Australia. However, they have been retained in the team.
The 38-year-old Tendulkar's inclusion also came as a surprise as there had been speculation that he would be rested following a long tour of Australia.
Shunted due to poor form?
The continuous failure with the bat cost Indian opener Virender Sehwag four places as he slid to 18th in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Sehwag has failed to fire in the ongoing Tri-series in Australia.
Sehwag, who has scored only 35 runs in four matches in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series, also fared badly in the preceding Test series in which India was whitewashed 4-0. He managed to score 198 runs in eight innings at a disappointing average of 24.75.
Selectors felt Sehwag needs a break to reinvent himself; while others feel he deserves a longer rope and shouldn't be singled out for the failure of MS Dhoni's team Down Under....being a human...
03-02-2012, 10:51 AM #2
03-02-2012, 03:26 PM #3
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